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3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  756 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Scotland, 1915. A group of teenagers from two families meet for a picnic, but the war across the Channel is soon to tear them away from such youthful pleasures. All too soon, the horror of what is to become known as The Great War engulfs them, their friends and the whole village. From the horror of the trenches, to the devastating reality seen daily by those nursing the ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published 2003 by Corgi (first published 2002)
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Kellyn Roth
I think I read this last year or the year before that when doing some research for WW1 ... and I honestly can't remember it all that well, so my rating isn't definite. I think I remember liking it, and yet being made miserable by it. Of course, that was also back when I liked every book I read because I never read books by modern authors, so ... yep.

Yes, I will write an actual review some day ... maybe. :P
Sep 28, 2010 Mimi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This is a book that I would like to own. The story mainly follows the lives of two families with five children, aged 15 to 21 when the story begins. They live in Scotland and all deal with World War I in vastly different ways. The book begins by focusing on two of the five, then switching over to a different two, then adding two more, and finishing with a focus on four of the original five. So, you read firsthand opinions of all of them. There are references to many works of literature and art ...more
Megan (YABookers)
Feb 12, 2016 Megan (YABookers) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Fans. Those who want to read books about the first world war.
Actual Rating - 3.5 stars

I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley

Charlotte knew that in times like this there was no difference in class or wealth or religion or race; that people cried, and wept, and broke with sorrow - in Britain and in France, in Belgium and Russian, and in Germany too.

Remembrance follows the lives of four teenagers. Francis, a pacifist who opposes the war. Charlotte and Maggie, two young nurses who tend to the wounded, wanting to help and find themselves. John,
Apr 16, 2014 Sophia rated it really liked it
[Review first posted at Quite Spectacular]

The year is 1915 and the war has already gone on longer than predicted. Two sets of siblings become friends in the unlikeliest circumstances just before the realities of the war begin to permeate their lives. Focusing on the fighting and life back home, the story follows the friends through the thick of it and the aftermath.

Remembrance was stirring, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking. I rarely read anything about World War I - the last being The Last
Jan 05, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve not read anything by this author before, but I was drawn to this book because of my interest in reading novels about World War 1. It felt familiar, like I’d read about it before somewhere. It turns out that I had it on my Amazon Wishlist - I must have added it at least 3 years ago! (I bought it in a charity shop and it was in the adult section - the cover, whilst pretty, doesn't make it look like a childrens book).

As I started reading this book, I was rather surprised by the tone of it. It
Jun 13, 2011 DubaiReader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was completely bowled over by the Audio version of this book (sadly, abridged).
It was so tastefully written and so beautifully read by Frances Thorburn and Gary Bakewell. I shall definitely keep this to listen to again and intend to read the full written version at some time too.

The five main characters are aged bewteen 14 and 23 at the time of WWI, The Great War. We meet them as the guns of war are starting to be heard over the chanel, yet picnics on a sunny day are still a glorious option.
Jennifer Nelson
Mar 08, 2013 Jennifer Nelson rated it it was ok
Even though the writing was good and solid, this book was kind of "blah" to me. Was definitely left with a deep impression of how much life was lost during the World War I era and how pointless that war seemed. I will say that the author did a great job creating a high degree of authenticity (you can tell she did a lot of research). Other than that, the book didn't seem to really resolve a lot of issues or make any important points. Seemed like something was missing...but not sure what it was.
Dec 03, 2011 Maryana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: junior-fiction
An amazing account of World War I which covers with sensitivity and realism almost every aspect of the conflict from the eyes of four teenagers. For anyone who enjoyed reading "A Rose For The Anzac Boys" this book is a must-read. (In my opinion it may even be slightly better)
Georgie Penn
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Missy Cahill
May 02, 2011 Missy Cahill rated it it was ok
Meh, didn't really grab me at all. I found it a bit of a trek to read. Wouldn't be my cup of tea now.
Missy Cahill
Sadly didnt love this book as much as I wanted to. I didn't find any of the characters pleasant or interesting in the slightest. Meh.
Natalie Kate
Mar 07, 2015 Natalie Kate rated it really liked it
I can't believe how long it took me to read the 303 pages of this was amazing though. definitely recommend to everyone.
Mar 14, 2013 Isabella rated it liked it
Average. i had to read it for school, which always makes books seem a bit worse, for me.
Theresa Breslin's Remembrance focuses on five teenagers from two families, exploring how World War I shaped and formed them, or else broke and ruined them,. The novel takes place over a four year time period (1915 through to 1918) and many facets of the British experience of WWI are covered in the lives of these five teenagers.

John Malcolm Dundas, for example, stands as the ordinary soldier, who thought of war as doing his duty. His sweet-heart, Charlotte Armstrong-Barnes has lived a privileged
Elizabeth Gordon
Oct 12, 2016 Elizabeth Gordon rated it it was amazing
Read it in school very eye opening
Aug 25, 2014 Andie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y-a-lit, war, netgalley
“You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye, who cheer when soldier lads march by, sneak home and pray you never know the hell where youth and laughter go” – Siegfried Sassoon

I first need to thank the author, Theresa Breslin and the publishers at RHCP Digital, for allowing me access via netgalley to this book, in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this book specifically, because this year I wanted to read some fiction/non-fiction relating to World War 1, since 2014 is the 100th anniversary o
Blair Elliott
Jan 04, 2016 Blair Elliott rated it liked it
Remembrance: Memorable or Not?
Book Review of Remembrance

World War One is perceived by most as a ruthless conflict between nations around the globe that dragged on far too long, but some may argue that it was necessary and pushed countries’ tired economies, societies, and technologies into the future. Remembrance, by Theresa Breslin, is a historical fiction novel whose characters explore the two sides of the Great War, and experience its unimaginable horrors as well as its hidden benefits. The c
Jun 12, 2014 Chertsey-Reading-Group rated it really liked it
This book proved to be the catalyst for a good discussion at our meeting and, because of the conversations we had, we raised our rating from 3 to 4 stars. Some members struggled to get through the book for various reasons: it sometimes felt a bit old-hat, it was sometimes a bit preachy, the storyline felt quite obvious, and the narrative was a bit plodding. We felt that it was worth keeping going to the end, however, because the final chapters were some of the strongest.

When we chose the book,
Dec 07, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
Although it might be said this novel has 'a light touch' it is no less affecting and deserves to take its place as one of the great novels written about the First World War. A compelling read: not a searching analysis of the psychological impact of war on human lives as in Pat Barker, nor a visceral recreation of the full horror of close combat as in Seb Foulkes 'Birdsong' but a compelling personal testament of the dislocation of young lives, the loss of innocence and broken families.

The stark
Jun 12, 2012 Celia rated it it was amazing
Remembrance is non-fiction book by Theresa Breslin. Remembrance is a heart warming book with a bit of romance and a lot of passion.
This book is about a 15 year old girl named Charlotte who is desperate to change the world as the World War II is taking place. She has had the passion and always wanted to be a nurse. Her brother out to war, she is longing to help the wounded and to show her medical talent. Charlotte is eager to save lives so she applies to be a nurse in a hospital to care for the
Emma Streets
Dec 16, 2015 Emma Streets rated it it was amazing
Iv'e not read any books about world war 1 and didnt know what i should expect startin this one and it started of slow at the begining and i wasnt sure if i was enjoying it urned out it needed it learn about the main characters and get a sense of who they are.
This is a story of 2 families living during world war 1 in one family you read about charlotte and francis and from the second it was maggie, john and alex, their lives become linked during the first part of the story
The boys were in the fr
LH Johnson
May 25, 2014 LH Johnson rated it really liked it
This book, this graceful slow burn of a book is rather glorious in how it creeps up on you. It is the story of two families and how their fortunes intertwine during the first world war. And it is a story of doubt, I think, of doubt and of fear and of the odd tremor that comes when you find out that this is who you are and this is the world that you now live in.

And this is what you can do.

You can go to war, burning with the need to defend your country, or you stay at home, lost in your shades of
Dec 12, 2014 Tasha rated it it was amazing
I've always had a soft spot for historical fiction, particularly about the world wars. Whenever I get to read them I devour them!

This story was heartbreaking, told through five perspectives of four teenagers and technically one adult during World War I.
What I love about this book is the character development and the journey they take you on. You see Charlotte, the girl who seems to have all of the fine things in life, grow up very quickly into a mature and loveable young woman who isn't afraid
Jan 03, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing
This historical novel examines war and peace from the varied points of view of five friends and neighbors coming of age during World War II. John Malcolm gets enlists with enthusiasm, while pacifist Francis resists as long as he can and young Alex lies about his age to get into the army. Charlotte gets involved in nursing in spite of her family's disapproval, while Maggie takes advantages of new opportunities for women and for her own self education. Amidst the social and political upheavals, ...more
Vickie Wilson
Jun 08, 2014 Vickie Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I know a fair amount about it, I haven't read many books about the First World War. I think the Second World War was so big that most of the stories tend to be set there, which is a real shame because the First World War was just as horrific and just as important. Remembrance covers lots of things, from women finding their feet in this new era to post traumatic stress disorder, something that wasn't known about at the time.

There's a few characters that get a voice in this story. The mai
May 23, 2014 Bobbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the main characters all being teenagers, Remembrance doesn't have the feel of your usual YA novel. Instead of worrying about cliques and bullies, college and boyfriends/girlfriends, these kids are worrying about life and death on the battlefields. It's a different era, and a completely different way of life.

WW1 books always have a slight feel of a history lesson about them, and Remembrance is no exception. That's by no means a bad thing though - through Charlotte and Maggie's experiences
Mar 09, 2008 Liv. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history lovers.
Recommended to Liv. by: library.
-from flap-
It was the largest conflict the world had ever known. It covered three continents and lasted five years. Millions of soldiers returned wounded; millions more never returned at all. In the summer of 1915, in a small village in Scotland, the Great War has already begun to irrevocably alter the course of five young lives.
Eighteen-year-old John Malcolm enlists in the army, eager to fight for his country. His sweetheart, fifteen-year-old Charlotte, stays behind to earn her nursing certific
Mar 04, 2013 Abzi rated it it was amazing
I have had a soft spot for World War One literature ever since I studied it for a module at school. I absolutely loved this novel. It explores the lives of five young people who each take a different role with the outbreak of war. I love the focus on the lives of women alongside those of the men. I also loved the dilemma each of the young individuals faced, with the changes in society and the expected roles of women some mothers did not approve of the lives their daughters were leading. I felt ...more
Jan 29, 2015 Mikayla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
i really loved this book from a historical fiction lovers view. it was so realistic and the images you saw while reading the book were really meaningful. also, the book was about world war 1 and you don't see many of those books. the story of the romances between charlotte and john malcom and francis and maggie were cool because they were varied. charlotte's was quick and a kind of childhood romance, while maggie's was a more sophisticated slow over-time realization that she liked francis. the ...more
This novel explores the lives of 5 young people living in Scotland during WWI and the course their lives take due to the war.
I had a difficult time getting into this book and feeling really engaged with the characters. Not only were the characters often a little one sided and stereotypical but the author would develop storylines for some characters and then abandon them pretty much altogether to tell another character's story with out every really giving us more about the old characters. I wante
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Theresa Breslin was born and brought up in Kirkintilloch, a small town in central Scotland. She is the recipient of the Carnegie Medal, Britain's most prestigious children's book award, for Whispers in the Graveyard, and her books for young people receive critical acclaim and appear regularly on children's book award short lists in the United Kingdom. A longtime librarian, Breslin was awarded ...more
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